A Hero's Example: Giving to the Homeless

For nearly thirty years, Father Maurice Chase would hand out dollar bills to people on Los Angeles’ skid row. “Father Dollar”, as Chase was called, stood on the sidewalk among the poorest of the city’s poor. He didn’t judge anyone; he simply gave dollar bills to everyone who stood in line. Father Chase didn’t care if the people used the money to buy food or drink or drugs, he only wanted those people to know they weren’t invisible and that they were loved. ...more

Income Outcome: Income Disparity in the US

A recent study of median net worth conducted by the Washington Post and the University of Michigan shows that the income of members of the US House rose from $280,000 in 1984 to $725,000 in 2009, while the median income of US families over that same time fell from $20,600 in 1984 to $20,500 in 2009. The figures are adjusted for inflation and do not include home equity. (I didn’t know anyone still had home equity. Anyway…) It gets more interesting. As income inequality rises, political campaign funding from rich donors (and I’m not talking Republicans vs....more

It Snowed Last Night

It snowed last night and there's more here: www.michaelsfishbowl.wordpress.com...more

Falling Out of Lovve

I think if you’re an enthusiastic reader there’s sometimes a tendency to fall in love a little bit with authors. Not in a sexual way, but in the way where you enjoy spending time with them, where you miss them when they’re not around and find yourself looking forward to spending time with them again. Because of this bond, so too can we feel betrayal from our favorite authors. Lawrence Block is a very well-respected crime/mystery writer who has been creating stories for a long time. He’s written multiple series, but he’s best known for his Matthew Scudder series of crime novels....more

Oh, g…g…gee. Ugh.

Christmas is a nice time of the year. I like this time of the year because as the holiday nears, life seems to slow down a little. It’s not that the world stops for a week, but it just feels like everything is a little less important and then we all take a break for a day or so. Sadly, Christmas always comes with its controversies and disturbances and this year is no different....more

NaBloPoMo +1

I woke up this morning feeling lighter and full of pep. What was this all about, I wondered? It’s sort of unusual for me to feel like this so soon after the alarm goes off. Suddenly I had it – NaBloPoMo was over! I didn’t have to think about what to write about and (I think?) best of all, I didn’t have to write anything! I could if I wanted to, but I didn’t have to....more
I have The Voice too. It also says "dude" which is ok because I say "dude" a lot. I think The ...more

The End of NaBloPoMo

(I forgot to post this here yesterday) The last day of NaBloPoMo. Yippee. The 30 days went by fairly quickly and it wasn’t much of a chore,I thought of lots of stuff to blog about and it never became a bore. But I wonder why on day 30 I’m now suddenly starting to rhyme,and I don’t have an answer to that question other than it’s not because of organized crime. “Organized crime, did you say? What the heck does that even mean?”I don’t know, Mister Stranger, I’ve no answer....more

Should Herman Cain Withdraw From the Presidential Race?

Maybe it's time for Herman Cain to give it up. Or is it?...more
Is he different from anyone else you ask? Why yes, he is, because he is running for president. ...more

Costco's Take and Bake Pizza

Disclaimer: I like Costco. Despite not being overly fond of having to pay a business for the privilege of shopping at their stores, and even though I don’t have a need for gallon pails of peanut butter and mayonnaise, or five gallon drums of laundry detergent and 10-pound sacks of rice, I like Costco. Having said that… I finally got around to buying a Costco’s Kirkland brand take and bake pizza....more

Lost in Time

Back in early August of this year I decided to grow out what’s left of my hair. I thought the exercise might be sort of cool, and in the back of my mind I was looking forward to being able to once again pull it all back into a pony tail and relive for a little while the sometimes rebellious days of my youth....more